- 7 years ago
Here’s a story about a girl who wanted to go to Biltmore and a boy with a (secret) plan. I’ve wanted to go to Biltmore Estate in North Carolina for the past few years. The boyfriend had always said he would take me. Between both of our work schedules, we have been really run down desperately needed a weekend away, so we began planning.
We found a cheap hotel package and were thrilled. So we took off on Friday after spin for our little road trip. It was about a week past “peak” season but the drive was still absolutely beautiful. In a few (read… 8) hours later, we were pulling into Biltmore and after a quick rest- we were off to Cedric’s Tavern for dinner. It was FANTASTIC. Every single bite. We walked around Antler Hill Village for a while and then headed back to the hotel for a much needed night of sleep.
It turns out that an all girl’s soccer team was on our floor as well. It was a long night to say the least. I wanted to call every single person I encountered as a teenager and apologize profusely. Ugh.The next morning we woke up to blessed silence in the hallways, it turns out that we were not the only ones who got frustrated with the teenagers. 🙂
We drove the 5 minutes to Biltmore and I was like a kid on Christmas morning – I was too excited to sit still. We went to schedule a house tour but the earliest tour we could get was 12:30. We had an hour and a half to spare so we decided to go to the gardens to look around. We walked along the gardens for awhile and found a lovely little bench that overlooked the property so the boyfriend suggested that I sit and prose for some pictures. I took the bait and cheesed it up for the camera.
That’s when it happened! The boyfriend started fiddling with his camera bag and I thought he was changing lenses, so I got up to hold the bag for him. He told me to sit down and quickly pulled out a ring box an got down on one knee. I think I blacked out for a few minutes because I heard him ask “will you marry me” and my response was WHAT? He said he brought me down to Biltmore specifically to propose and my response was “no you didn’t”!!
HA! I was clearly in a state of shock!! Of course I said yes! We called both sets of parents who are over the moon!! I was even more surprised to learn that he had called my parents earlier in the week to ask each of their blessing individually. *SIGH*
The ring is absoutely beautiful. We had looked at 3 different rings together and really couldn’t make up our minds. I loved certain things about each of them. He suggested before the trip that we go back to the jewlers after we got back and try to narrow it down to two- so I wasn’t expecting a proposal at all! It turns out that he has had the ring for at least 3-4 months and he called his hometown jewler to combine everything I loved about the ring into one. I am so blessed to have found such a wonderful man!